Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fear the Souvenir

Ever travel and bring someone back a souvenir? 

Ever travel and not bring back a souvenir? 

Ever had a souvenir strike fear in your heart? I never had, until just a few weeks ago.

Souvenirs are known for being a waste of money. The recipient is often challenged with trying to mask their dismay while simultaneously weighing their options . . . trash or re-gift.

But I have many souvenir gifts I love. I have shot glasses from many trips, some mine and some others'. When Hubs went into Tijuana to buy the medication I needed for IVF, he was pestered into purchasing a paper mache doll from a young boy who followed him around. I look at it and it reminds me of all we went through to have children.

And then there's the cone College Boy recently brought me.

College Boy had gone to Indiana to help his brother move in to his frat. He was only gone for a few days, but I really missed him. We talk a lot, especially during this election cycle as we both have similar views. College Boy and I are liberal. And we live with two other family members who are conservative.

It's interesting to talk politics with someone who thinks differently from you. They have points worth consideration whether I agree with them or not. I hate that we all, in our house, basically cancel out each others' votes, but that's how it works. As of yet I've never spiked anyone's food the night before an election, just for the record.

But it's fun to watch the national news with College Boy, to hear his point of view about all that's been going on. He's very intelligent and passionate. Although we're both liberal, the degree of our commitment to different issues, candidates and the party itself makes for interesting conversation. I do know who I'll vote for in the up0coming election. College Boy is still struggling and his thought process is a clear window into the thoughtful young man he's become. 

We talked here and there while he was gone, but more just to touch base about the trip than serious discussions. He was on his way home, about half way through the 10 hour drive when he let me know he'd stopped at a place I just wouldn't believe without proof. Just that, no further info. Oh, except that he'd bought me a souvenir.

Oooh, he'd been in Amish country, was it fudge? 

White Chocolate Toffee Fudge: White chocolate base with toffee and butterscotch chips in a flavorful sweet fudge square | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

White Chocolate Toffee Fudge
White Chocolate Toffee Fudge: White chocolate base with toffee and butterscotch chips in a flavorful sweet fudge square | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Nope, not fudge. 

My son brought me . . . a traffic cone?

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I'd say "just shoot me now", but considering the situation that could be dangerous.

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White Chocolate Toffee Fudge
Printable Recipe
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk chocolate toffee baking chips, divided
1/4 cup butterscotch chips

*Line an 8 inch square baking dish with plastic wrap. Use a large enough piece of plastic wrap that it hangs over the ends of the dish a bit.
*Heat the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate chips and salt in a microwave safe bowl for 40 seconds and 60% power. Stir well. Continue to microwave at 20 second intervals until all of the white chocolate chips are completely melted..
*Mix in 1/2 cup of the toffee baking chips.
*Add the butterscotch chips and mix just briefly so they barely start to melt.
*Pour into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining toffee chips.
*Refrigerate until completely set, about 2 hours.
*Run a knife carefully around the edge of the dish, turn the fudge out of the dish, discard plastic wrap, turn back over, slice and serve.
*Cover the leftover fudge and store in the fridge. 


  1. Oh College Boy, shame for putting fear into the heart of your mother, but that's just funny.........

    1. Yeah, College Boy has a bit of a wicked sense of humor.

  2. LOL that cone made me laugh! Wicked sense of humor. I like him!
    Now that fudge...mine is in the mail, right?

  3. First I like fudge, just saying, next where does one put a traffic cone, I buy souvenirs when I go on a holiday but try to buy things that people would first like and second use

    1. This traffic cone was just for fun. And to make me laugh.

  4. Oh, that fudge looks divine!
    Yeah, Husby and I are liberal as well and square off often with the conservative members of our family. So far no bloodshed.
    But I do love that cone!

    1. Yeah, I really hate that we all cancel out each others' votes. I need to find a way to convert one of those conservatives to my side!

  5. We do things backwards in Australia, the conservatives are called liberals, and the liberals are called labor. That has always confused the heck out of me, but if I were American I'd be liberal. I am loving watching the fun America is having with the election right now from a safe distance, but I can't wait to see how you guys go once the elections are over. You have to let us know where you end up putting that terrifying traffic cone...

    1. Yeah, I sure wish I were watching this election from a safe distance. I'm ashamed to be in the middle of this one.

  6. Oh my! Hilarious! Gotta love unique souvenirs. I found a horse picture with the saying "Ride em like you stole em" in Texas for my sister. Love it when you find something that you know people will get a kick out of!

    1. So funny, love that you found that for your sister. A family who laughs together . . .


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